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Back & Neck Pain

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My MRI shows a torn disc but i have no pain. Do I need surgery?

Not necessarily. A torn or herniated disc does not necessitate surgery if there is no pain or neurological injury. This is a common misconception and can lead to unnecessary surgeries. If your MRI shows a herniated disc and your pain is coming from another region, additional diagnostic testing should be performed to find out where the pain is coming from. Many times, pain that was thought to originate from a torn disc is actually from another problem such as a hip injury that is causing pain similar to that of a herniated disc. Tests used to find the origin of your pain include a discogram or an EMG. These tests are done on site at Deuk Spine Institute and have helped many find the source of their pain.

What are the risks of treatment at Deuk Spine Institute?

The question is what are the risks of not treating at Deuk Spine Institute! Our procedures are the most minimally invasive and successful available in the world. Complications with our procedures occur less than 1% of the time. Leaving conditions of the spine untreated can lead to additional or worsening problems, such as nerve damage and gait problems. If you experience pain in your back or neck or numbness and tingling in your hands or feet, contact a physician at Deuk Spine Institute to schedule a consultation.


How is Deuk Laser Disc Repair® different than other laser spine surgeries?

For starters, almost all types of spine surgery require a hospital stay but the Deuk Laser Disc Repair® is performed outpatient procedure in the comfort and safety of our state of the art surgery center. Our patients are discharged and able to return home about 1 hour after surgery ends. Patients may return to work within 1-3 days after the Deuk Laser Disc Repair®. When it comes to safety, Deuk Laser Disc Repair® is in a “league of its own” as no other spinal surgery used to treat spinal stenosis or disc herniation can be performed through a single ¼ inch skin incision on the back or neck. Our goal is to ensure the fastest recovery from surgery by minimizing surgical trauma to the body’s delicate tissues. Deuk Laser Disc Repair® is performed without disrupting spinal muscles or their blood supply. Another key distinguishing feature of the Deuk Laser Disc Repair® is that no structural bone (lamina, facet or spinous process) is removed from the spine during the surgery. Structural bone is needed to stabilize the spine. Almost all other types of surgery performed thru the back require removal of structural bone (lamina) and stabilizing joints (facet joint) to reach the herniated or bulging disc. Ask the spine surgeon if they plan on removing any of the “lamina” bone or facet joint during back surgery. Beware of back surgery that requires bone to be removed (laminectomy, laminotomy, partial facetectomy) to reach the level of the disc unless you plan to have a fusion performed for the resulting instability.

Traditional surgery on the discs in the neck requires the entire disc to be removed to fix a painful herniated or bulging disc. Removing the entire disc is the only way most surgeons are able to reach the damaged part of the disc pressing on a nerve root or spinal cord. Unfortunately, removing the entire disc necessitates a spinal fusion or artificial metal disc. A revolutionary breakthrough in technology now allows for the spinal disc to be repaired without removing the entire disc. With the Deuk Laser Disc Repair® only the damaged part of the disc is removed along with the pain generator. By only removing the pain generator or disc herniation, the spinal disc can heal naturally and pain free. With the Deuk Laser Disc Repair® there is no fusion, no artificial disc, no metal screws or plate, no loss of motion, no adjacent segment disease, no hospital stay, no cadaver bone, no collar, no “down time” and almost no time off work.

Am I too old for laser spine surgery?

Deuk Laser Disc Repair has been performed on individuals up to their late eighties with great success! Age does not matter, although your medical condition does. That is why the appropriate testing from a primary care physician, cardiologist, and any other appropriate parties is essential to determining if a surgery can be performed without complications.

I had back surgery, but still have back pain. Can you help?

Absolutely. We are a beacon of hope for all who suffer from back pain and sciatica, even after having an unsuccessful surgery. Unfortunately, there are many people like you that had the wrong type of procedure performed and we can certainly help. We have successfully fixed many unsuccessful surgeries performed by other physicians.

Do I need an MRI before you will see me?

No. We will order and schedule any testing needed after your first visit.

What insurances do you accept?

We accept most insurance including: worker's comp, commercial such asAetna,  BCBS or UHC, Medicare, private plans, VA, Tricare, self pay and many others.

Why can't I just take painkillers for my back and leg pain?

Pain killers commonly used to treat back and leg pain include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (eg motrin, naproxen, celelbrex, Vioxx), muscle relaxers (eg valium, flexeril, soma, robaxin) and narcotics (eg lortab, Percocet, oxycodone, hydromorphone, Darvocet). These medications can be toxic to your body if used for prolonged periods of time.

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